Finally! We have a synopsis for Brad Bird’s upcoming Tomorrowland so that we can all individually judge for ourselves whether or not it was worth diverting Brad Bird away from his inevitably awesome (and mostly just in my imagination) version of Star Wars VII.
Via Disney’s press release:
DISNEY’S “TOMORROWLAND” BEGINS FILMING IN VANCOUVER STARRING ACADEMY AWARD® WINNER GEORGE CLOONEY, HUGH LAURIE, BRITT ROBERTSON, RAFFEY CASSIDY AND THOMAS ROBINSON
Burbank, Calif. (Aug. 26, 2013) —Principal photography has begun on Disney’s mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring two-time Academy AwardÒ winner George Clooney (“Michael Clayton,” “Syriana”), Hugh Laurie (“Monsters vs. Aliens,” “Arthur Christmas”), Britt Robertson (“Under The Dome”), Raffey Cassidy (“Dark Shadows,” “Snow White and the Huntsman”) and Thomas Robinson (“The Switch”). The film is directed, produced and co-written by two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “The Incredibles”). Damon Lindelof (“Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Prometheus”) and Jeffrey Chernov (“Star Trek,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”) are also producers. The screenplay is written by Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof from a story by Lindelof & Jeff Jensen and Brad Bird.
Jeff Jensen and John Walker (“The Incredibles”) will executive produce with Bernard Bellew (“Les Misérables,” “28 Weeks Later”) and Tom Peitzman, VFX producer (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “Alice in Wonderland”) serving as co-producers.
Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.”
Bird has gathered a great team behind the lens with Oscar® winning director of photography Claudio Miranda (“Life of Pi,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), production designer Scott Chambliss (“Star Trek,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Cowboys & Aliens”), Oscar® nominated costume designer Jeffrey Kurland (“Inception,” “Ocean’s Eleven”) and Academy Award®-winning editor Walter Murch (“The English Patient,” “Cold Mountain”).
I know what you’re thinking: Jeffrey Kurland as costume designer!? The business suits are going to be IMPECCABLE!
So, again, after all the mystery surrounding this project, it lands as something that, in synopsis form, sounds rather ordinary. After all, the bright kid and nutty inventor dynamic has been a surefire combination as recently as 1985. That said, Brad Bird managed to make pretty great movies from “Boy meets robot,” “Rat learns to cook” and “Tom Cruise Saves World” so let’s remain optimistic. I’m eager to see George Clooney play a former boy-genius, even though Jaded by Disillusionment sounds like an Evanescence tribute band.
Tomorrowland hits theaters on December 12, 2014.